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Raspberry Pi: Transform the popular single-board computer into a retro handheld console with the GPM280

GPM280, a retro console based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. (Image source: Waveshare)
GPM280, a retro console based on the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. (Image source: Waveshare)
With the Waveshare GPM280, one can create a retro handheld from a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite. The GPM280 can either be purchased with a CM3+ Lite or without, should you have one to hand.

The Waveshare GPM280 is an intriguing device, not least because it looks like the Famicon Edition of the Game Boy Micro. The GPM280 works off a Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3+ Lite, which should make it rather powerful, despite its size.

The GPM280 itself measures 136.4 x 67.5 x 16.82 mm and has a 2.8-inch IPS display. Waveshare states that the display operates natively at 640 x 480 pixels, covers 70% of the NTSC colour gamut and is covered by laminated glass with an anti-fingerprint coating.

Moreover, there are four action buttons, along with a D-pad, two shoulder buttons and select/start buttons. Moreover, Waveshare has included a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a speaker and a volume adjuster. The latter can also adjust screen brightness, which is handy.

A 1,500 mAh battery powers the GPM280, which can be recharged via the device's micro USB port. The latter can also transfer data between the GPM280 and a computer, but the CM3+ Lite includes Wi-Fi connectivity, too. Meanwhile, one can install ROMs on a microSD card.

The GPM280 can be purchased from Waveshare directly, where it retails for US$119.99 without a CM3+ Lite. The company sells the GPM280 with a 32 GB microSD card and the CM3+ Lite too though, albeit it for US$149.99. Alternatively, the GPM280 can be purchased through Waveshare's AliExpress shop.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-01-29 (Update: 2021-09-28)